A Newly Discovered Manuscript of the Shahnama in Lebanon

A new and important manuscript of the Shāhnāma, was discovered in 2005 in Beirut, Lebanon. The volume is generally in good shape, though it has suffered some water and insect damage. However, fortunately the damage to the actual text of the poem is quite negligible.

We are concerned that because this important manuscript is kept at in Beirut, Lebanon, which has often been the site of military conflicts in the past, it may be damaged or destroyed in a future conflict. For this reason, we have decided to publish a facsimile edition of it so that in case of its getting damaged or destroyed for any reason, at least its photographic reproduction may survive and be available to Shahnameh scholars. I am writing to ask the Persian community in the West to help us produce a photographic edition of it. You can do so by going to the following site, http://www.frmpub.com, which is the official site of the Foundation for the Preservation, Distribution, and Critique of Rare Manuscripts (FRM), click on the word enter, and then click on the word Donors. This will bring you to the page where you can find instructions about how to contribute to this project. You will also find information on the volumes that we have published in the past, and those who have helped our Foundation in the past. I should point out that the FRM is a tax-exempt non profit foundation under section 501(c) (3) of the I…

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